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Engaging With Identity & Race In Poetry: A 5-Week Workshop


  • Duende @ BloomBars 3222 11th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20010 United States (map)

Five Mondays, 5-7 p.m., Feb. 26-March 26

$75 per student, limited space available. Reserve your space here!

Course Description: At a time when race and identity politics are front and center on the national and political stage, this writing workshop aims to explore and experiment with issues of identity, race, culture, and language in poetic form. In class, students will read examples from contemporary poets such as Claudia Rankine, R. Zamora Linmark, Morgan Parker, and Martha Collins, and draw inspiration from essays by poets and scholars of color on the intersection of race and poetry to help develop their own ideas for writing. Students will then workshop poems in a safe and supportive space in order to collectively examine the impact race and multiculturalism has played (or not yet played) in their writing, discuss challenges faced when writing from, for, or about race, and engage in experimental approaches to poetry.

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Shaheen Qureshi is a literary agent, poet, and editor. Formerly the managing editor of Middle East press Tadween Publishing, as agent she now actively seeks diverse and underrepresented voices in fiction and nonfiction. She has taught writing workshops at Politics & Prose and is an 826DC writing mentor. She received her BA from Bard College.